CHL License Renewal

It sure it easy to miss a day of posting if I am not paying attention.  I’m trying to post every day, but obviously I might miss a day here and there.

Yesterday I finally renewed my CHL, which expired in March of 2011.  You actually have a 1-year grace-period to renew the CHL license.  If you wait longer than the 1-year point, you have to re-take the entire class over again, just like starting from scratch.  I believe a background check and fingerprints are required again too.

In the renewal class, which costs less than the first-time class, all you have to do is attend a 2-hour classroom session, take the final exam (most of the questions are common sense, and the rest are updates on the law from the last test you took), and fire your gun at the range, scoring at least a 175 on the targets they use.  Shooting is extremely easy.  I scored a 243, which was actually lower than most of the others shooting with me.  I need to put some practice time in at the pistol range.

The best place I have found to take the first-time test or renewal is Safe Shot in Ft Worth.  Sgt Keith McGuire is a Ft Worth Police Officer, and he only charges $95 for the first class, and $60 for renewals.  This includes all fingerprints, paperwork, etc…everything but the state fee for the actual license.  When I took my original class from him 4 years ago, there were other teachers in the DFW area charging $150 or more for the same exact class.  I would highly recommend Sgt McGuire;  he makes the class fun, he is very well-informed on the laws of CHL, and he is easily accessible after the class is over, both through cell phone and email.  There have been times during the year when I had a common question about a CHL law.  I could email Sgt McGuire and receive a reply within a day or 2.  He is always willing to help with any questions or issue you might have.

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  1. Shawn says:

    Nice info to know, I’ll be getting a Beretta around the middle of next month so info on CHL is always welcome.

  2. jape says:

    Oh good, which one are you getting? I currently shoot the Beretta PX4 Storm .40 cal. I love the gun, it is nice and clean shooting. If you wanna shoot it some time, you are welcome. I need to get back into the habit of going to the range more often anyway.

  3. Shawn says:

    Sounds like a plan. I’m going for the Beretta 90-Two Type F in a 9 cal. It’s an updated version of the 92fs, and
    I haven’t read a bad review of it at all.

  4. jape says:

    Haven’t seen that new model, but if its a Beretta, its got to be good. The 92F and 92FS models are very smooth shooters.

  5. Shawn says:

    That’s what I hear. The 90-Two has been out for awhile now but from what I understand it’s not as popular here as it is overseas. Growing up, everyone I knew had Beretta, S&W, or Colt handguns, and Remington rifles.

    If my tax return is good enough, I’d love to get a Remington 700.

  6. jape says:

    The only rifle I currently own is a Remington 700 7mm Mag. I love that gun, it is so accurate and easy to shoot.

  7. Shawn says:

    You should check out – it’s a great 2nd Amendment community on Reddit.

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